December 2016

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Vintage Vault: 1985 Paul Reed Smith Custom

November 3, 2016
A pre-production PRS that foreshadowed the guitar builder’s future successes.
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Last Call: Don’t Be Dogged by Gear Dogma

November 2, 2016
Beware: Guitar mythology can become a tar pit.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Water’s War on Wood

November 1, 2016
Taylor Guitars master luthier Andy Powers explains weather and humidity's affects on guitars so you can help your instruments live less stressful lives.
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Tone Tips: A Crash Course on Buffers

October 31, 2016
Preserve your core tone by strategically placing a buffer in your signal chain.
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Bass Bench: The Magic Truss Rod

October 28, 2016
How does the relentless pull of bass strings affect the mechanically weakest part of the instrument?
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Staff Picks: Note to Self

October 27, 2016
Mitski and PG editors go back in time and give guitar counsel to their younger selves.
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The Recording Guitarist: Let It Bleed

October 26, 2016
Learn how to not just accept but love mic leakage in the studio.
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Tuning Up: Vocal Cords—the Final Guitar Frontier?

October 24, 2016
You’ve spent your life learning from 6- and 4-string idols. Now it’s time to listen to the singer.
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Tools for the Task: 3x3 Replacement Tuning Machines

October 23, 2016
If you can’t blame a tuning issue on the other usual suspects, it might be time to consider swapping out your machines.
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Ask Amp Man: Fattening Up a Vox AC30C2X

October 21, 2016
Find out how redirecting resistors and adding a DPDT switch to your Brit combo will yield bigger tones and more control.
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On Bass: The Challenges of Travel

October 19, 2016
For bassists on the road, size does matter.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Cognac Flying V

October 18, 2016
French luthier DasViken builds a guitar out of oak barrels used to mature Cognac.
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Last Call: How to Never Be Great

October 10, 2016
How a 1983 MTV interview with David Bowie gave PG's John Bohlinger new insights on reaching higher.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Fender Top-Loading Telecaster

October 9, 2016
A once unpopular 6-string is now a prized instrument.
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Mod Garage: Demystifying DCR

October 7, 2016
Do you ever get confused trying to interpret pickup specs? Here’s the lowdown on the most ubiquitous pickup parameter.
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State of the Stomp: Less Really Can Be More

October 6, 2016
Is your pedalboard overpopulated?
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone ES-339 “Blem” Guitar

October 5, 2016
Cracks in a guitar neck can be an opportunity instead of a deal-breaker.
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Tone Tips: Echo and the Dirty Amp

October 3, 2016
Pedal order does matter, but cool things can happen when you buck the norm.
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Trash or Treasure: Fender Tex-Mex Stratocaster

September 30, 2016
Identifying a 1990s MIM Strat through the process of elimination.
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Ask Amp Man: Upping the Gain on a Super Reverb

September 26, 2016
How to get more drive with a simple mod.
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